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Microsoft “ramping down” games development – St John

Wednesday, 10th September 2008 12:20 GMT By Patrick Garratt

WildTangent boss Alex St John, speaking to GI, has claimed that Microsoft is backing down from first-party development as part of a “recovery phase” and a bid to make its games business profitable.

“You will clearly see Sony and Microsoft ramping down their investment in those platforms… What’s interesting to note is that Microsoft [Game] Studios: the number of titles they’re producing is in decline. So they’re investing a lot less in the Xbox, and Sony is doing the same, because they’re in a cost recovery phase,” he said.

St John’s comments come in the wake of the shock closure of Ensemble Studios overnight.

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18 Comments

  1. BraveArse

    He is saying both Sony and Microsoft are doing this surely?

    #1 6 years ago
  2. Psychotext

    He does specifically mention MGS but talks about Sony and MS.

    #2 6 years ago
  3. No_PUDding

    So Sony can afford to only get rid of Paulina Bozek, becuase nothing else is beign ramped down?

    Hell SCEJ announced Derby Onine just the other day. Yet another inspired non shooting and yet crappy PS2 quality Japan game for the PS3.

    Isn’t WildTangent something I had to download to play online games?

    This guy = Phail.

    #3 6 years ago
  4. deftangel

    SCEE have canned a few games of late too. 8 Days, Getaway Next Gen among others as well I think. Warhawk got downscaled to a PSN title etc.

    #4 6 years ago
  5. wz

    Mr St John (great name!) would be the guy to know, I think. He made the initial DirectX specs at MS.

    #5 6 years ago
  6. rainer

    Alex knows a thing or two about MS but he talks trash constantly so his comments are hard to believe.

    I seriously doubt Sony would ever shed it’s internal studios given that they are its trump card delivering unique titles that are keeping the PS3 in contention.

    Microsoft on the other hand are obsessed with making money this time round and are undoing the deals they made to try and slim their costs at Microsoft Game Studios as much as possible, Rare & Lionhead may have a reprieve as those two studios have the possibility of tapping into mainstream games (which is what MS wants the most), the other studios like Fasa, Bungie and Ensemble all catered to the hardcore market.

    #6 6 years ago
  7. Tonka

    It’s as if the cost of HD games is too high for devs to take risks. Who would have thought…

    End. Of. Gaming.

    #7 6 years ago
  8. wz

    rainer: But he’s not the last person to know any details about MS plans. That’s all I have to say about him :D

    #8 6 years ago
  9. No_PUDding

    “SCEE have canned a few games of late too. 8 Days, Getaway Next Gen among others as well I think. Warhawk got downscaled to a PSN title etc.”

    8 Days and the Getaway were canned earlier this year. But the team wasn’t cut back. And Warhawk being downscaled!?

    What the hell? Someone help?

    Surely this is a good sign for the PS3 and the consumers on it. And has no relation to the size of internal teams.

    #9 6 years ago
  10. Blerk

    Warhawk was originally supposed to have a single-player campaign mode as well as the multiplayer stuff. That was chopped at a fairly late stage, round about the same time they decided to make it a downloadable. And then changed their minds and did a disc as well.

    #10 6 years ago
  11. No_PUDding

    Sounds like a pretty schizophrenic development cycle. Hope it works better for whateve rthey are working on now. Which we don’t know at all, I am guessing.

    #11 6 years ago
  12. Psychotext

    No_PUDding: Sony scaled back the number of their dev staff recently. There just wasn’t a lot of noise because it wasn’t full group closures.

    #12 6 years ago
  13. Tonka

    The End Is Nigh! First masonic experiments at CERN and now this.
    /updates youtube stream

    #13 6 years ago
  14. mortiferus

    It’s the “Cycle” man. Development of 720 and PS4 has begun in earnest. Like Yogi Berra said “It’s Deja Vu all over again”.

    #14 6 years ago
  15. Tonka

    PS4 you say. You really think so?

    #15 6 years ago
  16. Syrok

    I think it’s save to assume that all three console manufacturers have started planning or at least to develop a general outline for their next products.

    #16 6 years ago
  17. Tonka

    I have no doubts about that. But I doubt that they are shifting much inhouse dev teams in that direction.

    #17 6 years ago
  18. Syrok

    No, probably not just yet.

    #18 6 years ago

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